2018-2019 Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo

For the most current information about this outbreak, including the most up to date number of cases, see WHO’s Ebola situation reports: Democratic Republic of the Congoexternal icon.

On August 1, 2018, the Ministry of Health of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) reported an outbreak of Ebola virus disease in North Kivu Provinceexternal icon. The outbreak is continuing with moderate intensity in eastern DRC. Confirmed and probable cases have been reported in twenty-two health zones of North Kivu and Ituri provinces of DRC (Alimbongo, Beni, Biena, Butembo, Kalunguta, Katwa, Kayina, Kyondo, Lubero, Mabalako, Mangurujipa, Masereka, Musienene, Mutwanga, Oicha, and Vuhovi zones in North Kivu; as well as Bunia, Komanda, Mandima, Nyakunde, Rwampara, and Tchomia zones in Ituri). On June 11, 2019, the Ugandan Ministry of Healthexternal icon confirmed their first imported case from DRC into Uganda in the country’s Kasese District. Two additional related cases in Uganda have also been confirmed.

The outbreak in DRC is occurring about 780 miles away from Equateur province, where an Ebola outbreak was reported in May 2018. Although the two outbreaks were caused by the same ebolavirus species (Zaire ebolavirus), genetic differences between the viruses suggest the two outbreaks are not linked.

This is the 10th and largest Ebola outbreak in DRC, and the second largest outbreak of Ebola ever recorded since the virus was discovered in 1976 in DRC. The confirmed cases in Uganda represent the first cases of Zaire ebolavirus in that country, and the first cases of Ebola virus disease in Uganda since 2013.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is assisting the DRC and Uganda governments, countries bordering the outbreak area, and local and international partners such as the World Health Organization (WHO) to coordinate activities and provide technical guidance related to surveillance, laboratory testing, contact tracing, infection control, border health screening, data management, risk communication and health education, vaccination, and logistics.

Mpondwe border crossing

Mpondwe border crossing between Uganda and Democratic Republic of Congo.

CDC experts are supporting partners by providing technical assistance and expertise in the Democratic Republic of Congo and surrounding countries, at the World Health Organization in Geneva, and at CDC headquarters in Atlanta. Learn more about what they are doing.